I had sushi three times this month before I remembered to have my camera along...
( It's still February, right? )
24. Sushi ☺
2. Groundhog, or someone/thing named Phil ☺
15. Sign of Love ☺
23. Something that represents where you live ☺
14. Heart ☺
12. Jelly beans ☺
16. Flowers ☺
Now, I used to like Garfield the strip, it was actually funny when it first started. I even bought the first book; Garfield was huge and fat and obnoxious, and Jon had an actual job as a cartoonist. It got dumb about the time Jon's roommate Lyman disappeared and Garfield started walking on his hind legs; everything became round and cute, even Garfield himself, who wasn't supposed to be. I stopped paying much attention to it decades ago, but a few months ago, Angus brought home the same book, given him to the school librarian because it was beginning to fall apart.
Anyway the kids love, love, love this thing. Avalon has watched it four times in the last couple of days. The one special "Garfield's Nine Lives" is interesting because it's a bunch of different shorts, some done with different animators and art styles. Two of them appear very Disnyesque; "Dianna's Piano" doesn't seem like it had anything to do with Garfield at all, being all pastels and colored pencils and a long-haired female white cat, the other "Lab Animal" looked a lot like Dragon's Lair, which, now that I think about it, came out about the same time this was originally aired (I didn't recognize any of the animators in the credits - but a lot of people are alumni of Disney). Another,"In the Garden" with a sing-song narrator describing Chloe and the orange kitten in an endless childhood fairyland, resembles someone's psychdelic LSD drug trip, complete with rainbow mushrooms, and disturbing floating balloon faces. Of course, that short happens to be Avalon's favorite one. One of the other specials, with Garfield playing a film noir detective (Sam "Spayed") had music vocals by Lou Rawls.*
Huh. Well, I guess it's bearable every once in a while.
While searching for a video of the Garden bit (which I could NOT find), so I could show you just how weird it was, I found it was based on a book - which I vaguely remember but didn't read - but reviews said it was a series of stories (not comics) and more oriented for adults. Also that it (the show) was nominated for an Emmy, but was beat out by the Garfield detective special mentioned above. Must not have been a lot of choices that year.
I also finished Watchmen earlier this week; someone in my book group had warned me it was not a fast read despite being a graphic novel, and he was certainly right. Most of the chapters have several pages of regular text in the form of news articles, describing character backgrounds. It's a pretty intense story, and it didn't really have a happy ending either.
And the first disk of Six Feet Under. I had caught a few episodes of this when cable let us have the channel for free a while ago and had been intrigued. Not quite happy either, plenty dark, but a lot of black humor too. And I'm slightly amused that I'm familiar with a lot of the outdoor locations - the intersection where Dad gets hit by the bus is on the street where we often went out to lunch at our old office in downtown Long Beach. I'm having difficulty finding the time to watch it, as it's definitely not for the kids, but John doesn't want to watch it either. I have to wait until he's out in the garage for a few hours. Anyway...
Something cheery, now, please?
We were all in the park at the end of my street, flying kites, late in the afternoon (note:in real life, this park is not all that great a place to fly kites; there are too many trees, and a couple of buildings for them to get stuck on the roof of). I think even my dad had come. Instead of flying them from west to east, the normal wind dirction, we were flying them from north to south, so we were actually standing in the street and the kites were in the air in front of the scout cabin. Our kite was pretty small and plain. Another man showed up and began setting up a series of figures in a semicircle on the grass in front of the scout cabin. The may have been cartoon characters or political figures or flowers, I don't remember, but we wondered why he was taking such care with how they were arranged. Then he came back to where we were standing and began sending a black kite up in the air. By this time, it was after sunset and it was getting fairly dark, so the rest of us were working on reeling our kites in. Once we had gotten them down and put away, we heard a BANG BANG BANG, and look up to see the man had set off series of fireworks along the string of his kite. They traveled up the string, and when the sparks reached the kite, it burst into a fan-shaped fountain, which burned for a few seconds. This of course burned up the kite as well, and it turned over and nosedived to the ground, crashing right in front of the figures set up on the ground in a shower of sparks. This set off lines of incendiary to each of the figures, of which the outlines flashed into flame from top to bottom. Wow. We all stood and clapped, as he smiled quietly and began to pick up all the remnants of his display.
This may have been triggered by commercials for Making Fiends running on Nickelodeon lately. where evil Vendetta brings a kite to fly alongside her would-be friend Charlotte's kite.
Charlotte: "Oh, you have a kite too Vendetta?
Vendetta: "Oh yes, it's a very special kite!
And then her black kite sprouts tentacles and teeth, growls, and grabs Charlotte's kite and eats it.
(I actually started watching these as web videos a couple of years ago before Nick started airing the series)
I was thinking about this dream when first got up (actually I was ( TMI! )), and it segued in my head to the the little kite I'd gotten once as a prize on the bottom of a Slurpee cup, and how free prizes in kids products used to be so much better than they are now. Cracker Jacks (a brand of carmel popcorn snack) used to have actual toys in them; I remember when I was about five, getting a tiny plastic elephant (assembly required) that had some kind of rider (a monkey or a mahout, I don't remember) that fit into a slot on its back. You pushed down the elephants tail, or maybe its trunk, and the rider went flying off somewhere (and you were lucky if you ever found it again). Nowadays, you get a sticker or a temporary tattoo. My father used to save Planters Peanut wrappers for me because you could send away for free stuff with them. I think I still have a Mr. Peanut bank out in the garage somewhere. Nothing on the backs of their wrappers now. I notice the Dums-Dums suckers my kids got in their Halloween candy have a "save wrappers for stuff" thing, but you order from a website and the wrappers only get you a discount.
An exception lately was the alarm clock from a box of Poptarts, which you needed to have several coupons from a box to able to purchase. It has pictures of a the little dinosaur from the commercial on the hands, and when the alarm goes off, it says:
"Get up. One of us has to get up, and it ain't gonna be me. Get up or I tell all your friends you wear jammies!"
It also runs backwards, so it takes a bit of squinting to tell what time it actually is.
I should make a pattern for that kite. It always amazed me that it actually flew. What do you remember getting out of a box or sending away for when you were a kid?
(Well, I suck. Real life has sort taken over the last few months. Haven't taken all that many pics).
We came home from camping and were as fascinated as everyone else by the Olympics opening ceremonies. Except I could not figure out why we kept hearing "Scotland the Brave" (by a pipe band, of course) during the athletes walking in, for the games in China, and for countries on the other side of the globe. Turns out it was an amateur group chosen by the Chinese Olympic Committee to represent Europe, and there was one song representing each of the Olympic Rings.
08 August 2008
You are a Waterbender!
The first waterbenders learned how to bend water by watching the moon control the tides. Waterbenders use Chi, the energy that flows through life, in combat. They redirect their opponent’s Chi rather than using direct strikes. Waterbending is stronger at night and strongest during the full moon. Waterbending is not possible during a lunar eclipse.
Seriously, I am so far behind on Avatar - I love it, but I only seem to catch the reruns. I think I've seen half the second season (but sporadic episodes), none of the third, and I swear I've seen the first episode at least a dozen times. I should just break down and buy the damn series... Ah well, this way I can stretch out the limited time I have left with Uncle Iroh...
Edit: Looking up a link below, and I found this - Live Action Movie by M. Night Shamyamalan? If I went to ComicCon, I might know these things. Not sure, I've really liked some of his stuff, but he's sure had some clunkers, too.
So runsamuck called me at work today to ask if I'd seen the insurance commercial where the lizard is talking to a jellyfish (yes, I had but couldn't remember the dialogue - or monologue, as it were; the jelly never actually responds).
The gecko says something like, "Where is your face exactly? It's hard to talk to you when I don't know where your face is. Is that your face? Oh, I thought it was your bellybutton!"
Obviously, jellies don't have bellybuttons, not to mention faces. What runsamuck was compelled to point out to me was his bemusment as to why the gecko is making such a big deal of this, because lizards don't have them either.
They hatch from eggs.
Yesterday, along with the stories of mayhem and car chases and accidents, there was a little story of how an Orange County neighborhood was getting a new playground a year after the previous equipment had been badly vandalized. The reported interviewed a few neighborhood children who were excited about their park opening up again. The first little boy's name was shown on the screen as Dean Martin R****. I didn't think much of it until the reporter announced his two little sisters' names as well.
IT and I just looked at each other in disbelief. They were Grace Kelly R****, and Sophia Loren R****.
I shit you not.
Aw, shucks it was just scrubbed - anvil clouds within 20 miles...maybe tomorrow...
I have the soundtrack on LP - I can't believe this series is 25 years old! Coincidentally, I've just been rereading Contact too.
I have heard from several people (thanks!) that The Tick is returning to American airwaves Monday through Sunday at 10 CST on Toon Disney as part of their Jetix set and Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10 on ABC Family starting Monday, June 13th.
I don't personally have Toon Disney, but I'm still excited about this as any Tick interest is sure to be a good thing going forward and this has to be seen as making a Tick animated series DVD more likely.
About damn time the collective Disney got off its fat butt and started the ball rolling about its acquired property. There's certainly been a demand.
Btw, I got runsamuck The Tick liveaction tv series DVDs last Christmas. He still has not watched them. He's got some sort of superstitious thing about them; like if he watches them they won't be as good as he remembered or something other bad thing will happen. He's done the same thing with Men at Work and The Princess Bride, so DVDs are now completely out as gifts for him. I'm only getting them for myself from now on. :p
Modern Marvels: The Evolution of Bricks.
TN could see that; having worked in the industry, he's also interested in construction materials. But IT agreed with me - he needs to get out more.
We watched a program on the Science Channel last night called Origins: The Battle for the Planet, which dealt with evolution, and the fossils of the Burgess Shale. At that time, a tiny flat swimming critter named Pikia, first noted chordate and possible ancestor of all vertebrates, may have had a rough time escaping predators such as Anomalocarus, a voracious arthropod forerunner, which may have been up to six feet long, or the nautiloids, the large ammonite forerunners. There was a lot of interesting CGI animation of the creatures of what is now the Burgess Shale set of fossils, interspersed with interviews with the scientists and, during longer period of narration, footage of a hairless athlete in a Speedo stepping around and over a bunch of snails and cockroaches, symbolizing, I guess, the competition between arthropods, mollusks, and vertebrate precursors.
(I have to admit during these sections of the show I sort of lost track of the narration - he was quite interesting to look at. John said he had been the volleyball team during the Seville Olympics, and has a condition that keeps him from growing any hair anywhere on his body - not even eyelashes or eyebrows.)
The animation of living versions of the fossils was pretty interesting, as I've always wanted to see what these critters looked like when they were alive - they even showed my favorite, Hallucigenia, although only for a few seconds. When I first learned about these fossils in college from my then-boyfriend, a Geology major, it was thought that we weren't even sure what phylum these animals belonged to. The one book I read on the subject (the late Stephen Jay Gould's Wonderful Life) seemed to confirm that. However, some comments in this show led me to find out the Gould was not the last word on the subject, and other authors feel that these critters are actually related to, or are ancestors of, animals existing today (I guess I need to do some more reading). Hallucigenia seems to be related to Peripatus, itself called a living fossil - something I at first found disappointing. Somehow it piqued my sense of the weird and non-conformist that all these animals seemed to be defying conventional classification. However, now it seems right - at least the velvet worms (ha, a common name I was unaware of) are a rather weird phylum themselves.
However, the main point of this series, that vertebrates are somehow more successful, because their internal skeletons allowed them to form larger bodies, and therefore "better" colonize the land, bugged me. Possibly because we humans are considered to be the dominant species on the planet. There are other measures of success, aren't there? Insects may not have large bodies, but they are far more diverse than vertebrates. I guess if you count how much humans are affecting the ecosystem of the entire planet for the worse, we are the "winners."
Where was I going with this? Oh yes, getting back to my original starting point - since this show placed such an emphasis on "Mega-Mollusks," Angus now buys that octopuses are related to snails, and not spiders. If it's on tv, it must be true - whereas, mom isn't always to be believed.
Twas ever thus.
The Worst Jobs in History
(I think this is the BBC website - the History Channel didn't have much but a paragraph).
Tony Robinson of Baldrick fame does awful jobs throughout history, including fish wife (which he did in drag), nit picker, and seeker of the dead in one episode. Humorous, if disgusting, although I'm sure there are some jobs just as disgusting today...
( Job Descriptions... )
You can see which of these jobs you're suited for too, using this career guide::
70 to 100 You’re bold as brass and brave as a lion, but not such a messy pup. You might be prepared to cope with being an Arming squire with its potential for you becoming a knight, but you’re actually ideally suited to some of the high-risk worst jobs such as Topman, Powder monkey, fish-fingered Viking sailor/warrior, outnumbered Riding officer, Petardier's assistant or even Guillemot-egg collector.
crossposted to sodoff_baldrick